Los Angeles (39-33) at Los Angeles (37-33)

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  • Game info: 10:10 pm EDT Fri Jun 25, 2004
  • TV: KCOP
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Whether he’s pitched out of the bullpen or in the starting rotation, Jose Lima has emerged as more than just a pleasant surprise for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right-hander will look to win his third straight start when the suddenly struggling Dodgers open their Freeway Series with the Anaheim Angels.

Lima, 4-1 mark in seven starts this season, has won consecutive outings while yielding four runs and eight hits over 13 innings. On Sunday, Lima limited the New York Yankees to three runs and five hits over six innings as the Dodgers held on a for a 5-4 victory.

“It feels good when you beat the Yankees because of the tradition between these two ballclubs,” Lima said. “We got the best bullpen in baseball so I don’t panic.”

Lima has also made 12 relief appearances this year, holding the opposition scoreless in all but two of those outings. He has flourished at Dodger Stadium, going 4-0 with a 2.50 ERA in nine apppearances, including four starts.

Lima will be called upon to help Los Angeles recover from a four-game sweep at the hands of the rival San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers dropped a pair of one-run games to the Giants, and also lost 11-5 on Tuesday and 9-3 in Thursday’s series finale.

San Francisco’s Michael Tucker and Dodgers closer Eric Gagne were ejected in the eighth inning Thursday for nearly starting a brawl after Tucker dived away from a high pitch by the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner.

Gagne was incensed when learning of his ejection, attempting to charge the umpires gathered at the mound. He flipped the ball over his shoulder toward the mound while leaving the field, then doffed his cap to the San Francisco fans jeering him into the dugout.

The Dodgers have dropped five of six to slip 2 1/2 games behind the surging Giants for first place in the NL West.

The Angels split a four-game series with Oakland, dropping the final two games, including Thursday’s 2-1 setback.

Garret Anderson’s sacrifice fly in the first inning provided the only offense for Anaheim, which has dropped six of nine to slip 2 1/2 games behind AL West-leading Texas.

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J. Washburn Det vs. J. Lima NYM
11-8 Record 13-5
4.64 ERA 4.07
86 K 93
40 BB 34
1.33 WHIP 1.24